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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Taimur Awan

    Country:  United Arab Emirates

    Current Global Engagement:  Taimur, W’06, began his career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in New York. After five years in New York, Taimur got the entrepreneurial itch to transition from advising businesses to building them. He moved back to his hometown of Dubai to lead growth and strategy at a regional business services company. He most recently launched and operated a domestic logistics courier company which has subsequently successfully merged with a competitor to form one of the largest courier companies in the UAE. Taimur has also spent time as an operational consultant in Mozambique and received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He serves as an alumni interviewer and is actively involved with Penn Club UAE.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – an inspiring story that is worth reading more than once because it will mean different things to you at different points in your life.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • One of my fondest memories, although bittersweet, was waiting for my name to be called up on graduation day as I watched my classmates getting their diplomas. I remember enjoying seeing so many ear-to-ear smiles as they shook hands with the dean while receiving their diplomas – the reward for a four year journey that involved a lot of working hard and playing hard. The icing on the cake was the moment I received my diploma and had my own huge grin across my face.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • There are lots of things to do in Dubai. If I had to pick something a little less conventional, I would recommend camping in the desert. It’s great fun to set up a bonfire and appreciate the breeze at night.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • As much fun as I had living on a freshman floor in the high rises during my first year, I would recommend trying to get placed in the Quad as a freshman, even if it means writing an essay to get into one of the program floors.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I’m constantly looking at how to grow the business I work at so that we can employ more people. We hire a lot of recent graduates and providing them with a platform where they can gain experience, hone their skills and grow into more senior positions is rewarding.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • My parents.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • Hey Day – I loved marching through campus with my classmates donning hats and canes as we celebrated our transition to officially becoming seniors.
  8. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
    • Negotiations – this class was my first exposure to psychology in a business context. Subsequent to my Negotiations class, I took as many behavioral classes as I could across various Wharton concentrations.
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • SPEC, WQHS (student radio)
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • Mostly South Street which has some great live music venues and quality cheesesteaks.
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Aisle – I’ve successfully rehabilitated my knee from 4 separate anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries, so I always try to make sure I have easy access to the aisle to be able to walk around the plane, especially during long flights.
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.